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So Very Merry by Stampin’ Up

The So Very Merry Stamp Set is part of the Online Exclusives Collection by Stampin’ Up. What this means is that this set is not featured in any publication. Also, supplies are usually while supplies last. Sometimes products will be reordered by the home office and sometimes they will not. I knew when I first saw this set that I wanted to buy it. I love coloring with our Stampin’ Blend Markers and the images are perfect for coloring!

Today’s Video

The colors I used for today’s projects are Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, and Poppy Parade. However, please keep in mind that this layout works with any colors and/or stamp sets of your choosing! You can even vary the sizes of your cardstock strips to use up any extra scraps you might have on hand.

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I hope that you were inspired with today’s project. Coloring is very therapeutic for me. Do you feel the same way? As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

World Cardmaking Day Replay:

Here is the link to the replay: https://www.stampinup.com/portal/happening-now/wcmd-2023 I am not sure how long this link will be available.

Card Supplies:

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Card Measurements:

  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″; 1″ x 6″
  • Basic White Cardstock: (2) 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Poppy Parade Cardstock: 1″ x 6″
  • Crushed Curry Cardstock: 1″ x 6″

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Radiating Stitches Dies by Stampin’ Up

The Radiating Stitches Dies by Stampin’ Up are part of the Online Exclusives offerings. Stampin’ Up has not indicated how long these dies will be available. They will not be in any official publications.

Today’s Video

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I wanted to show you just how easy these dies are to use! That is why I decided to create these quick and easy cards. While I didn’t use any stamps in today’s project, You could definitely incorporate these shapes into your card designs. Additionally, you can use just one shape or layer them up as I did in today’s video.

Do you have a favorite 2023-2025 In Color? While this class of colors do not necessarily all go together at once, I believe that they are a wonderful addition to our refreshed core line of colors.

As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

Radiating Stitches Dies: https://bit.ly/3V14zeB

Basic White Thick Cardstock: https://bit.ly/3bm4BJ1

Moody Mauve Cardstock: I cannot link these until May 2nd

Boho Blue Cardstock: I cannot link these until May 2nd

Pebbled Path Cardstock: I cannot link these until May 2nd

Wild Wheat Cardstock: I cannot link these until May 2nd

Copper Clay Cardstock: I cannot link these until May 2nd

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Card Measurements

Basic White Thick Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″

Colored Cardstock: Pieces large enough to die-cut your desired shapes.

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Tea Boutique by Stampin’ UP

The Tea Boutique Suite can be found in the 2022-2023 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog. Unfortunately, these products will not be carried over. The good news is they are now on clearance sale, except for the stamp set because it has already sold out. However, you do not need the stamps to create fantastic cards!

Today’s Video

I am using the Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes, Tea Cup Dies, and the Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper for our project today. Many of my examples used the Tea Cup Stamp Set but you could simply substitute your favorite stamps. These products are such a great deal! And we will have another entire year to play with the colors featured in the DSP and Cards & Envelopes package.

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Card Supplies

Note: The Circle Punch and Stamp Set used in the video will not be available for sale until May 2, 2023. Therefore, I cannot link them here.

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Cardstock: 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • DSP: (3) pieces cut to 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

You will find that using the Cards & Envelopes will save you a lot of time when making cards. I really enjoy using them. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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Simply Fabulous By Stampin’ Up

Simply Fabulous by Stampin’ Up is the stamp set that I chose to use for this month’s team color challenge. This stamp set is in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog. It features a nice mixture of floral, leaf, and sentiment stamps. This is the perfect set for beginner stampers!

Today’s Video

My team leader assigned the colors Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, and Fresh Freesia for the February 2023 challenge. This is a combination I would probably not have put together on my own. However, I do like the result.

What is your favorite element of today’s card? I like stamping my own designer series paper! I never get too stressed about it. The paper can always be turned over and re-stamped if I make a mistake or I can simply cut a new piece and try again.

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As I mentioned in the video, I actually won this stamp set at a recent team event in Indianapolis. My team leader, Brandy Cox, made this lovely card! Of course, the cards made at our event were not using the same colors as our challenge. But I love the bright and cheery colors that we used!

This is my card from our event. I was very happy with it considering we were designing on the fly!

I hope that you gained some inspiration from today’s video. That is my goal! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Coastal Cabana Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: (2) 4″ x 5 1/4″; scrap for a tag of your choice
  • Calypso Coral Cardstock: Scrap for a tag of your choice
  • Vellum Cardstock: 3″ x 4 1/4″

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Wonderful World by Stampin’ Up

The Wonderful World Bundle is an amazing gift with purchase offered by Stampin’ Up. You can earn this bundle as a part of Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration promotion. The bundle consists of Designer Series Paper and a stamp set.

Today’s Video

The images from the stamp set may not appear like much on the case or in the catalog, but WOW do they stamp beautifully! Today I used Blending Brushes, but you could also use our Stampin’ Write Markers to add color to the stamps.

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Additionally, don’t forget that my inspiration came directly from the catalog. My card doesn’t look just like that one, but it provided an idea to get me started. Remember that the catalog can also be referred to as an idea book!

This bundle can be yours for FREE with a $100 purchase until August 31st or until supplies are gone.

As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Garden Green Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (Inside) and 4″ x 5 1/4″ (stamping)
  • DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (Inside) and 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • Deckled Rectangles Dies: I used the 4th from the largest die.

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Paper Pumpkin Batter Up

My Paper Pumpkin Batter Up kit just arrived and it is full of goodies. There are die cuts that can be used in all sorts of ways. Also, there are matte resin dots that I just love to use. The card bases and envelopes have very clean-styled patterns that are easy to mix and match.

Today’s Video

I am not sure which of the cards I made was my favorite. Each one of them has elements that I really like. I am not a blue person, but I really do enjoy working with Pacific Point any chance I get! Night of Navy is my favorite neutral color. It plays so well with many colors in our line. In addition, I loved getting to pull in the Hats Off Bundle. I can see that I will get a lot of use from those products!

On this card, I glued the bats to the ball first. Second, I glued down the ball. And last, I secured down the ends of the bats with a tiny dot of glue after the ball dried. Please be VERY careful when you wrap your thread around your card base. If you pull too hard, you can tear your base. I barely escaped disaster.

This card reminds me of my hometown. The Pittsburgh Pirates were the closest MLB team. So, I decided to use the Hats Off stamps and dies to make this awesome cap! You can make your card reflect your favorite team. This card would be great for birthdays, graduations, or Father’s Day. And it is great for both males and females.

In my opinion, Paper Pumpkin has significantly upped their game as of late. The elements of recent kits are good for both new and experienced stampers. Leave me a comment and tell me if you feel that is the case! As always remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Supplies Used

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Card Measurements

  • Large Square: 3″ x 3″
  • Small Square: 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Scrap for Sentiment

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Hand-Penned and Linen Paper

Let’s play with the Hand-Penned Suite and the new Linen Paper by Stampin’ Up! These items are both new and in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. The suite features stamps, dies, gems, and gorgeous DSP. The delicate images and pastel colors are simply lovely. And I feel that Stampin’ Up’s new Linen Specialty Paper will become a favorite among stampers.

Today’s Video

Can we talk about today’s card layout for a minute? I love it! It is so simple. You could use this layout with any paper or stamp set. It would be great if you need to make a card in a hurry.

The Linen Specialty Paper brings a new texture to the table. I loved throwing caution to the wind and just playing with it. Hopefully, you learned something about the paper in today’s video.

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This card shows perfectly how nice the linen paper die cuts. The scallops and stitching are both very crips and clean. Additionally, this card shows that the linen is very sheer if you don’t back it with paper. I love that the paper is already backed with an adhesive sheet!

I love textiles. It is not a secret that I possibly own every ribbon in our line! Blending the linen paper alongside Stampin’ Up’s gorgeous ribbons is a dream come true for me. And the new Scalloped Contours dies are going to be a standard staple for us over the coming year. In particular, the largest die that created this Misty Moonlight layer. Swoon!

The long edge die included in the Hand-Penned set created this sweet yet subtle peek-a-boo look at the bottom of this card. I added in our new Mint Macaron Velvet Ribbon. It is totally gorgeous ribbon.

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I will be rewarding anyone that purchases $75 or more using the May Host Code. These customers will receive a collection of varied color 4″ x 6″ pieces of cardstock that have been embossed using many of our new and favorite embossing folders! Here is the May Host Code: BK92CUVN. But remember, if your order is OVER $150 in product value, do NOT use the host code. I want YOU to earn Host Rewards! But you will earn my May gift as well.

Thank you so much for spending time with me today. I always enjoy your company. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements:

  • Pale Papaya Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″, and scrap for sentiment
  • DSP: 2 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, and 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Linen Specialty Paper: 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

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Butterfly Brilliance and Color Challenge

Today, I am using the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle for my May team color challenge. My team leader chooses three Stampin’ Up colors that we must use on our cards. We are only permitted to use these three colors plus Basic White or Very Vanilla cardstock and Basic Black ink. This month she chose Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, and Calypso Coral.

Today’s Video

This challenge produced some pretty but bright cards! I feel that Magenta Madness is the most intense color in our Stampin’ Up lineup. However, it is a very happy color. I decided to use the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle for the challenge. Butterflies can be imagined in any color. They can also be used for many different card occasions.

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I began the creative process with this card. It was my first time playing with some of the new products from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. And it was so much fun! Sometimes, we just need one aspect of a card decided for us to help get our creativity going.

The Ombre Specialty Paper was the only DSP type of paper that I owned in the assigned colors. But it added such vibrance and sparkle to my card! I also used Wink of Stella on my butterfly.

Please be sure to take the time to watch today’s video. There are just too many options with both the die and stamp sets to cover in writing here!

I used the Checks & Dots Embossing folder to create paper to decorate my envelope flaps. And I had plenty of leftover butterflies to adhere to the front of my envelopes and insides of my cards. This color combination ended up being an enjoyable one for me. Although, it might not be fitting for every occasion.

Of course, these challenges are totally optional. Team members that choose to participate are eligible for prizes. And who doesn’t love a good prize patrol? Right now, Stampin’ Up is running the Join+ promotion. You can become part of the fun. A starter kit is $99 and that includes shipping. In May, you get to choose $155 of products! That is the crazy, best deal I have seen them offer!

As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Calypso Coral Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and scrap for butterfly
  • Basic White Cardstock: 2 3/4″ x 4″, 1 3/4″ x 5″, and 3 3/4″ x 5″ for inside layer
  • Mango Melody Cardstock: 1 3/4″ x 5″

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A Note Card Fun Fold

A super cute fun fold card is on tap today. With this layout, you can use any stamp set, die set, or color of your choice. It clears the way for any creative block that might get in your way!

Today’s Video

I have been dying to play with the Art Gallery stamp set and Fine Art Floral DSP. This blue paper was really calling my name today. This is weird because blue is one of my least favorite colors. I really need to be in the mood to use it. However, I could not be more pleased with how this card turned out.

Have you ever colored in a stamp with your Stampin’ Write Markers before? It is a technique that I enjoy using every once in a while. It is fun and not messy.

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Whale of A Time is such a fun set to play with. The Bright Collection is my favorite and I tend to always use these colors when I use this set.

The same thing can be said for the Zoo Globe set as well. I love these animals! Remember, if you are going to use Stampin’ Blends, you must use an additional layer and adhere it to the notecard. This type of marker will bleed through your cardstock!

I used the Tin Tile Embossing Folder on the top layer of this card. Simply by opening the folder and dragging my ink pad across it, I was able to add some color and added dimension. This embossing folder and this stamp set are both retiring. Don’t forget to jump on my website to look over the Last Chance sale. You can do that here if you like: http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/shop/

Paper Pumpkin Stamps

This is a perfect example to remind you to use your Paper Pumpkin stamps! Again, this card is easy to use with any stamp set or color combination. Don’t forget that April 9th is the last day to sign up to receive the April 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit. You won’t want to miss it!

As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Card Supplies

Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Bumblebee Cardstock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ and scrap for inside, if desired

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Paper Blooms by Stampin’ UP

Have you ever heard the terms beginner, casual, or avid crafter? Today, I am going to use the Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up to illustrate these terms. You can earn this paper for FREE right now during Sale-A-Bration when you purchase $50 in products. But hurry! Sale-A-Bration ends February 28th.

Today’s Paper Blooms Video

Beginner Crafter

Let me begin by saying that this tern is not meant to be offensive in any way. It can mean that you are an actual beginner and this project is a great place to start! Alternatively, this could also mean that this is just the style that you prefer. A beginner crafter card would include only stamps, ink, and paper.

These cards are both very simple to make. But aren’t they lovely? I like the clean and sleek feel of these cards.

Casual Crafter

On a casual card, the crafter would add some type of die or punch, an embellishment, or dimension. The card I make in today’s video, I add a punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and some cute butterfly embellishments. This card also has an additional layer.

Avid Crafter

The term avid crafter simply means that this is a crafter who enjoys adding many layers, dies, dimension elements, and embellishments to their cards. An avid crafter is usually a person that has a larger collection of craft supplies at their disposal. It does not mean that their cards are any better or that they outshine a beginner card. Again, this might just simply be a crafter’s personal preference for making cards.

Additionally, these cards are still very simple in nature. The Designer Series Paper is the absolute star of the show!

As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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Supplies

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Card Measurements-Beginner

  • Basic White Cardstock- 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • DSP- 4″ x 5 1/4″

Card Measurements-Casual

  • Basic White Cardstock- 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Petal Pink Cardstock- 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP- 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Seaside Spray- Scrap for sentiment that will fit your punch or die

Card Measurements-Avid

  • Seaside Spray Cardstock- 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and scrap that will fit your punch or die
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ and 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Night of Navy Cardstock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
  • Designer Series Paper; 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″

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